Early Radio in North Platte

Written By: nppladmin - Jan• 22•21
Originally posted to Facebook.com/NorthPlattePL on January 22, 2021.

Today’s Look at History focuses on the early days of radio here in North Platte.

Radio broadcasting was the cheapest form of entertainment, and it provided the public with far better entertainment than most people were accustomed to. As a result, its popularity grew rapidly in the late 1920s and early 1930s. By 1934, 60 percent of the nation’s households had radios, and the 1930s were the Golden Age of radio. It was so popular that theaters dared not open until after the extremely popular “Amos ‘n Andy” show was over.

On July 5, 1930, North Platte’s first radio station, KGNF went on the air!

November 20, 1936, celebrated the Jubilee celebration or Radio in the Lincoln County Tribune. Be sure to scroll through the wonderful pictures from this newspaper edition.

In 1943, the call letters changed from KGNF to KODY, after the station was sold to WOW Radio in Omaha in 1943. Be sure to look at the radio lineup advertised in the Dec 13, 1944 North Platte Daily Bulletin.


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